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Newborn babies struggle a lot when they are adapting to the new environment. The first hour of birth is the most crucial period and how well a baby is.

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2 Newborn babies struggle a lot when they are adapting to the new environment. The first hour of birth is the most crucial period and how well a baby is cared during this time will determine the future health and wellbeing. Health professionals play an important ole during this adaptation phase. Poor care prevents complications and ensures good survival.

3 HEALTHY NEWBORN A healthy baby born at term should weighs more than 2500 grams, cries immediately following birth establishes independent rhythmic respiration & quickly adapts to the changed environment.

4 CARE OF NEWBORN AT BIRTH Call out the time of birth Receive the baby onto a warm, clean and dry towel and place on mother’s chest

5 Contd.. Clamp and cut the umbilical cord Immediately dry the baby with a warm clean towel or piece of cloth

6 Contd.. Assess the baby’s breathing while drying Wipe both the eyes with sterile gauze Leave the baby between the mother’s breasts to start skin-to-skin care Place an identity label on the baby

7 Contd.. Cover the baby’s head with a cap; cover the mother and baby with a warm cloth Encourage mother to initiate exclusive breastfeeding

8 IMMEDIATE BASIC CARE  Establishment of open airway & circulation  Maintenance of temperature  Identification of newborn  Vitamin K injection  Initiation of breastfeeding.

9 ESTABLISHMENT OF OPEN AIRWAY (Majority of babies cry at birth & take spontaneous Respiration) When the head is delivered birth attendant immediately suction the secretions, wipe mucus from face and mouth and nose.

10 Suction the mouth and nose by using bulb syringe Keep head slightly lower than the body Position the Baby on their backs or tilted to the side, but not on their stomachs.

11 APGAR SCORING CRITERIA012 RespirationAbsentSlow, irregularGood, crying Heart rateAbsentSlow (Below 100)More than 100 Muscle toneFlaccidSome flexion of extremities Active body movements Reflex responseNo responseGrimaceCry Skin colorBlue, paleBody pink, extremities blue Completely pink TOTAL SCORE = 10  No depression: 7-10  Mild depression: 4-6  Severe depression: 0-3

12 VITAMIN K Vitamin K Prevent neonatal hemorrhage during first few days of life before infant is able to produce Vitamin K Term infants (1mg) - IM Preterm infants (0.5mg) – IM

13 INITIATION OF BREASTFEEDING Babies can be breast-fed as soon as the airway is cleared and they are breathing normally.

14 DAILY ROUTINE CARE OF NEONATES Thermoregulation Breastfeeding Skin care & baby bath Care of umbilical cord Care of the eyes

15 Clothing of the baby General care Observation Taking anthropometric measurement Immunization Follow up & advice

16 Mechanisms of heat loss Radiation Convection Evaporation Conduction

17 WARM CHAIN Keep the baby clothed and wrapped with the head covered Minimize bathing especially in cool weather or for small babies Keep the baby close to the mother Use kangaroo care for stable LBW babies and for re-warming stable big babies Show the mother how to avoid hypothermia, how to recognize it, and how to re-warm a cold baby. The mother should aim to ensure that the baby's feet are warm to touch.






23 SKIN TO SKIN CONTACT- "Kangarooing"


25 Temperature recording Axillary temperature Rectal temperature Skin temperature

26 2. BREAST FEEDING The baby should be put to the mother’s breast within half an hour of birth or as soon as possible the mother has recovered from the exertion of labour.

27 3. SKIN CARE & BABY BATH: The skin should be cleaned off blood, mucus & meconium by gentle wiping before he/she is presented to the mother. Baby bath can be given at the hospital or home by using warm water in a warm room gently & quickly.

28 4. CARE OF THE UMBILICAL CORD Keep the cord stump clean and dry. Topical application of antiseptics is usually not necessary unless the baby is living in a highly contaminated area.

29 5. CARE OF THE EYES Eyes should be clean at birth & once in every day using sterile cotton swabs soaked in sterile water or normal saline. Separate swabs for each eye.

30 6. CLOTHING OF THE BABY The baby should be dressed with loose, soft & cotton cloths. The frock should be open on the front or back for easy wearing. Large button, synthetic frock and plastic or nylon napkin should be avoided.

31 7. GENERAL CARE Rooming –in gentle approach Aseptic technique sensory stimulation tender& loving care

32 8. OBSERVATION The baby should be kept in continuous observation twice daily for detection of any abnormalities or danger signs

33 DANGER SIGNS 1. Not feeding well 2. Less active than before 3. Fast breathing (more than 60 breaths per minute) 4. Moderate or severe chest in-drawing 5. Grunting / moaning 6. Convulsions

34 Contd.. 7. Floppy or stiff 8. Temperature >37.50C or <35.50C 9. Umbilicus draining pus or umbilical redness extending to skin. 10. More than 10 skin pustules or bullae, or swelling, redness, hardness of skin 11. Bleeding from stump or cut

35 9. ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASUREMENT Measure weight Length Head circumference Chest circumference

36 10. IMMUNIZATION Newborn should be immunized with BCG vaccine & ‘0’ dose of ‘OPV’. Hepatitis ‘B’ vaccine can be administered at birth as first dose & other two doses in one month & 6 months of age.

37 11. Follow up & advice  PREPARATION FOR DISCHARGE – Feeding well - suckling effectively 8 times in 24 hours, day and night – No danger signs – No need for any medication except vitamins – Mother confident of taking care of the baby  Each infant should be followed up, at least once every month for first 3 months & subsequently 3 month interval till one year of age.


39 ‘Clean chain’ 1. Clean delivery (WHO five cleans): – Clean attendant's hands (washed with soap) – Clean delivery surface – Clean cord- cutting instrument (i.e. razor, blade) – Clean string to tie cord – Clean cloth to wrap baby and mother

40 2. After delivery: – All caregivers should wash hands before handling the baby – Feed only breast milk – Keep the cord clean and dry; do not apply anything – Use a clean cloth as a diaper/napkin – Wash your hands after changing diaper/napkin

41 NURSING DIAGNOSES Ineffective airway clearance Ineffective thermoregulation Risk for injury Risk for infection


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